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Guess What? No Dance Background Required!

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No Dance Background Required!!!

Guess What?! No Dance Background Required!

Hello to all the Sexy Ladies out there!  Yeah, I’m talking to you!  My name is Kerri.  I’ve been a Pole Fitness Instructor with the JM Kennedy Dance Studio since January of 2010.  I am certified through NETA.

So you’d like to know how I became part of this amazing studio?  Well, here it is!

It all started in February of 2007.  I’d always wanted to take some sort of dance class, maybe hip hop or jazz but I was 27 at the time….where would I begin?  I was driving home from work one day and heard an advertisement on the radio about Pole Fitness classes.  That would be perfect!  I made a mental note to call as soon as I got home.   I got the class schedule and came to the next walk-in class available.  Now, mind you, I had no sort of dance training or taken a dance class before in my life!   I walked into the 3rd week of the session surrounded by other students that seemed like professionals to me (Airplane…what’s an airplane?).  I couldn’t find my right from my left.  I’m not going to lie…it intimidated me.  But I hung in there and after a few classes I started feeling comfortable and couldn’t get enough of it.  After 6 classes there was a noticeable difference in my appearance.  I started getting comments such as “where’d you get those muscles?”  And we can’t forget the infamous bruising…”how’d you get those bruises”.  (I’ve learned that everyone has their own way of answering those questions).

After taking a few sessions at the studio, I got to know Jen and I started helping her out in the office.   Jen is a motivator and the saying, Never Say Never, definitely applies to her classes.  Elevator, I could never do an elevator…by the 6th week I’d guess about 90% of the students are doing elevators.  She also motivated me to start teaching my own Pole Fitness classes.  Did I ever think in my wildest dreams I would be a Pole Fitness Instructor one day? No way!  But here I am, teaching not only Basic Pole for Beginners but Jen also allowed me to create a Pole Level I class for the women out there not ready for Pole II. 

A little bit more about me….I am a proud mom to a 19-month old boy.  During the day I work as a secretary in Downtown Providence.  I am also part of JM Kennedy’s Fringe Dancers who have performed at various venues.  The Fringe Dancers specialize in Cabaret and Burlesque performances.  We most recently performed at the Hi-Hat in Davol Square for a Valentine’s Burlesque Show which included singing, pole dancing, chair dancing and belly dancing. 

So, take it from someone with no dance background.  This is the place to start!  It’s never too late.  I’ve seen all sizes and ages take class at the JM Kennedy Dance Studio.  I’ve seen mothers, daughters, grandmothers, sisters, friends, co-workers and even the occasional being of the male species.  We do not discriminate at the JM Kennedy Dance Studio!

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What is Pole Dancing?

Pole dancing is a form of performing art, a combination of dancing and gymnastics. A similar pole (Chinese poles) is used in cabaret/circus and stage performance in a non-erotic environment, in which context the style and moves are very different. Advanced pole dancing requires significant strength, flexibility and endurance. Upper body and core strength are important to proficiency, which takes time to develop.[1]

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Pole dancing is now regarded as a recognized form of exercise[2] and can be used as both an aerobic and anaerobic workout.[3]

It is probable pole dancing started in America in the 1920s depression, with dancers in traveling shows using a tent pole as a prop.[citation needed] The relationship to Chinese poles is unclear, Chinese troupes performed in Barnum and Bailey’s Circus from 1914 but they did not perform on poles.[5]

Pole dancing gradually began evolving from tents to bars as burlesque became more acceptable in the 1950s.[citation needed] In the 1980s pole dancing and striptease became popular in Canada and then in the USA.[citation needed]

The pole

Standard pole

JMK Basic Pole Instructor's, Kristin & Kerri, playing on the poles

The standard dance pole typically consists of a hollow steel or brass pole with circular cross section, running from floor to ceiling. Affixing at the ceiling gives more stability, but is not always realized, especially at night clubs with higher ceilings or at transportable devices. In the United States, the diameter is usually around 5 cm (2 inches), allowing it to be gripped comfortably with one hand. In Asia, the diameter is usually slightly smaller at 45 mm or less.

Another common pole is the spinning pole; as its name suggests, it is similar to a standard dance pole but spins using ball bearings. The purpose of this pole is to create better momentum and higher rates of speed, in order to have a greater dramatic effect.

Home versions are available which may be used for practice or aerobic exercise. Materials of which poles are made include polished stainless steelchromed steel, brasspowder coating, and Titanium coating. Poles can also be made of acrylic glass which allows use of “glow poles” with LED lighting effects. Each material surface has different gripping properties. Polished steel is one of the slickest materials, which provides for a faster, more fluid dance; brass poles provide more friction, allowing for an easier hold with hands or thighs and creating a slow, sensual dance style.

Poles can be held in place by using threading to brace them against a ceiling joist. There are also poles that do not require construction and can be set up using tension. Stationary, rotating, and switchable versions are available.

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Show pole

There are now poles available for use in clubs that provide visual effects. These poles are made with clear plastics and contain water, glitter, and special reflective materials which stand out when used in conjunction with strobe lighting, as well as lighting hidden in their base joists. However, these poles are not favorable to a dancer wanting to achieve better pole tricks, as they bend slightly and have a tendency to create a friction burn when you slide down them with any sort of speed.

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Pole dance as exercise

Pole dancing has gained popularity as a form of exercise, with increased awareness of the benefits to general strength and fitness.[6]This form of exercise increases core and general body strength by using the body itself as resistance, while toning the body as a whole.

Pole dancing as an exercise is very similar to Mallakhamb, an Indian men’s sport with no erotic component, but there is no evidence of a link.

A growing number of men are incorporating pole dancing into their fitness programmes.[7][8] In Australia, the UK and the US, dance studios are beginning to offer classes just for men. And in China, 2007’s National Pole Dancing competition was won by a man. Dance instructor Zhang Peng, 23, beat a host of women dancers to the top prize.[9]

Pole dance competitions

There is a growing community who are trying to get pole dancing taken seriously as a sport and art form. There are local pageants held in venues such as Australia, France, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and the UK. More recently, amateur pole dance competitions have been held. These are strictly non-nude and non-stripping, and focus on pole dance as an athletic and artistic form of dance and exercise. The first “Miss Pole Dance World” competition [1] was held in november 2005, and Reiko [2] Suemune from Japan won the championship.

A group of advocates are even pushing for pole dancing to be represented as a test event in the 2012 London Olympics.[10][11] But because this is a relatively new trend, scoring for competitions is not standardised, while names of the techniques vary among different clubs in different regions.[12]

In Australia, “Miss Pole Dance Australia” was started in 2006. Danielle Asher took home the first prize in the latest 2010 competition, and Kelly Choi was first runner up.[13]The first US Pole Dance Federation (USPDF) Championship was held on March 19, 2009, first place was taken by Jenyne Butterfly.[14] The 2010 winner of “Miss Pole Dance Canada” was Crystal Lai, who went on to win the People’s Choice Award at the worlds. [15]Miss Pole Dance World 2009, which was held in Jamaica and opened to all nationalities, was won by Australian Felix Cane.[16] The 2010 event will take place in Zurich, Switzerland.[17] Miss Pole Dance World 2010 which was held in Switzerland and opened to all nationalities, was won by Australian Felix Cane.

Pole dance in the media

Like other trends, pole dancing has its share of celebrity following. Actress Sheila Kelley was so taken with the sport, which she learned while preparing for her role inDancing at the Blue Iguana, that she launched her own pole-based exercise programme.[18]

Rima Fakih‘s victory at Miss USA 2010, including the fact that she had won a pole-dancing competition three years earlier, attracted media attention.

Article Source:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pole_dance

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“I want women to be liberated and still be able to have a nice ass and shake it.” ~Shirley MacLaine

 

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Chair Dancing with Alaina @ JMKennedy Entertainment is a sure way to take your self confidence to another level!  Alaina uses Flirty Chair Dance moves and Basic Jazz Dance Choreography to get your mind & body feeling sexy & empowered.  You’ll burn calories, learn Alaina’s 10 Basic Chair Dance moves and gain control of your inner “Diva”.  Whether you are looking for some ideas to take home or just someplace to have fun with your girlfriends, this class will satisfy your wants & needs.

“Sex appeal is fifty percent what you’ve got and fifty percent what people think you’ve got.”~Sophia Loren

Burlesque vs. Cabaret – What is the difference?

“What I love about Cabaret and Burlesque is both shows allow the performers to be on same level as the audience. When I’m dancing for you its like 3d, right in your face.”

-Jennifer Kennedy

What is the difference between a Burlesque show and a Cabaret Show???

According to Wikipedia Cabaret is:

Cabaret is a form of entertainment featuring comedy, song, dance, and theatre, distinguished mainly by the performance venue—a restaurant or nightclub with a stage for performances and the audience sitting at tables (often dining or drinking) watching the performance being introduced by a master of ceremonies or emcee (MC).

Cabaret also refers to a Mediterranean-style brothel—a bar with tables and women who mingle with and entertain the clientele. Traditionally these establishments can also feature some form of stage entertainment, often singers and dancers.

In the United States, cabaret diverged into several different styles of performance mostly due to the influence of Jazz Music. Chicago cabaret focused intensely on the larger band ensembles and reached its peak in the speakeasies, and steakhouses (like The Palm) of the Prohibition Era.

New York cabaret never developed to feature a great deal of social commentary. When New York cabarets featured jazz, they tended to focus on famous vocalists likeNina SimoneBette MidlerEartha KittPeggy Lee, and Hildegarde rather than instrumental musicians. Cabaret in the United States began to decline in the 1960s, due to the rising popularity of rock concert shows and television variety shows.[citation needed] The art form still survives in various musical formats as well as in the Stand-up comedy format and in popular drag show performances.

Cabaret is currently undergoing a renaissance of sorts in the United States, particularly in New OrleansSeattlePhiladelphia and Portland, Oregon, as new generations of performers reinterpret the old forms in both music and theatre. Many contemporary cabaret groups in the United States and elsewhere feature a combination of original music, burlesque and political satire, as can be found in such groups as Cabaret Red Light and Leviathan: Political Cabaret. In New York City, since 1985, successful, enduring or innovative cabaret acts have been honored by the annual Bistro Awards.[1]

Source:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabaret

New Burlesque According to Wikipedia:

Burlesque is a humorous theatrical entertainment involving parody and sometimes extreme exaggeration.

New Burlesque

A new generation nostalgic for the spectacle and perceived glamour of the old times determined to bring burlesque back. This revival was pioneered independently in the early 1990s by Billie Madley’s “Cinema” and later with Ami Goodheart in “Dutch Weismann’s Follies” revues in New York, Michelle Carr’s “The Velvet Hammer” troupe in Los Angeles, and The Shim-Shamettes in New Orleans. In addition, and throughout the country, many individual performers were incorporating aspects of burlesque in their acts. These productions, inspired by the likes of Sally RandTempest StormGypsy Rose Lee and Lili St. Cyr, have themselves gone on to inspire a new generation of performers such as Dita Von Teese. In the case of such performers as Julie Atlas Muz and Agitprop groups like Cabaret Red Light, the revival of burlesque has also provided a new vehicle for political satire and performance art. The revival of roller derby also features elements of burlesque.[11]

Today New Burlesque has taken many forms, but all have the common trait of honoring one or more of burlesque’s previous incarnations, with acts including striptease, expensive costumes, bawdy humor, cabaret and more. There are modern burlesque performers and shows all over the world, and annual conventions such as the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival and the Miss Exotic World Pageant are held. In 2008, The New York Times noted that burlesque had made a comeback in the city’s art performance scene.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burlesque


Walking On The Ceiling – Level II Pole

Wednesday December 1st. Jennifer Kennedy decided to walk on the Ceiling 20 ft. in the air. Check out the video. Don’t forget to Register for Pole Level II starting Wednesday January 12th @ 7:30!!!

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JMK on Fox Providence The Rhode Show

Dance studio offers Burlesque lessons

JM Kennedy Pole Dancing and Fitness

Updated: Tuesday, 30 Nov 2010, 12:28 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 30 Nov 2010, 12:28 PM EST

(FOX Providence) – A local dance studio is offering women the opportunity to become their own burlesque stars.

Jennifer Kennedy has had a passion for dancing since she was a young girl. After losing her job of 15 years with an airline, she opened up JM Kennedy Pole Dancing and Fitness Center in Pawtucket, and now hopes to continue her success by offering burlesque lessons.

Many of the moves are provocative, and for the first time can be somewhat daunting. But women who’ve taken the class say it doesn’t take long to be taken in by the power of this performance art.

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Burlesque Pin-Up Photo Shoot

Who are you... Cher or Christina?

DECEMBER 12th, 2010 10:00am-2:00pm @ 1005 Main St. Pawtucket RI 02860.

This is a pin up photo Shoot Inspired by the movie Burlesque…

JMK is now offering a unique twist to the ordinary “Pin Up” Shoot. Instead of emulating

the same old pin up pictures, poses and costumes we decided to create a pin up shoot

that emulates characters in a movie not pictures in a magazine. Its up to you who you

want to be…

What character in the Movie Burlesque are you?? Cher or Christina…

You can be Christina Aguilera, A small-town girl who becomes a star or Cher a big time

Las Angeles Burlesque Club owner and Former Dancing Legend.

Remember “It takes a LEGEND… to make a STAR!” both roles are equally as fierce…

You bring your costume. When picking your costume think about an outfit you saw your

Character wearing in the movie and then think about what  you look and feel sexiest in.

Your costume should clearly resemble something your character wore in the movie with

your own personal twist. We suggest taking the time to really think about your costume,

accessories, make-up, and hair (wig and/or hair style).

After the movie comes out we will be posting different pictures of the characters online

to help you pick your costume.

Photo Shoot Pricing:

$150/ per 30 minute shoot

*** Limit 2 people per Shoot***

Includes:

30 minute shoot

Professional Stylist Help

Professional Costume Help

Professional Modeling/posing Help

Fruit & Champaign

1 printed & Mounted 8×10

1 digital copy of the same picture on a disc.

Additional Options:

$12 /Each Additional 8×10 Print

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Finding Healing in Tantric Movement

Finding healing in tantric Movement

Believe it or not moving slow keeps you healthy. I know some of you just read that and said to yourself, “yeah right, like I have time to slow down”. How can one move slow with crazy deadlines, managing a household, taking care of children, along with doing your best to keep your life in check especially now with the holidays quickly approaching. Moving slow along with climbing Mt. Everest seems like it should be put on your list of the top five most challenging things to do before you die. Trust me, I feel your angst.

So if moving slow is actually good for you, how can one begin to approach this concept in real life? Some would suggest joining a yoga class, taking up tai chi, or even a tantric belly dance class. “Oh no she didn’t, my schedule is already jam packed into next Christmas, now you expect me to do yoga and some tantric belly dancing?” “My body can’t even begin to do any of that stuff.” “What is tantric belly dance any way?” “Is tantric belly dance PG-13 at least?” Relax, there is nothing to fear. Tantric belly dance is safe and simple. If you have mobility in any or all of the physical faculties of your body, you and your mama can essentially do this. Tantric belly dance is the perfect marriage of hatha yoga and simple, rhythmic core movements of belly dance. This kind movement helps one to develop your physical nature and your psychic energy centers, also know as your chakras. Tantric belly dance can help you connect with your softer, sensual side as well as heighten your “female intuition” and bring more awareness of self.

There is substantial evidence in research that shows how slow movement along with mind, body awareness has astounding health benefits by itself and in combination with regular cardiovascular exercise. Some experts suggest that slow movement exercise increase the parasympathetic relaxation response, which in turn, reduces the stress response. This type of movement also promotes immune function that inhibits inflammation and stimulates healing. Something like tantric belly dance can help to expose any pain or trauma that our bodies may be holding, therefore activating your body’s own natural healing mechanisms to bring healing to those affected areas. Women from all walks of life could benefit tremendously from slow movement exercises like tantric belly dance. It fosters a creative experience in which you can learn to meet and recognize yourself and others through the exploration of your body through movement.

For me, dance and creative movement were always my healthy escape. Being that I was a child who witnessed domestic violence all through out my childhood, I used dance to take my mind off the trauma I was experiencing at home. I was a latch key kid and I was not allowed to participate in after school activities. Being that I was alone for a good four to six hours every day after school, the television was my companion in a sense. I would watch all of the popular music videos on MTV and BET (this was when music videos were still somewhat PG-13) record them, learn and rehearse all of the phrases of choreography featured in the video. So in a sense, the natural healing mechanisms, that I mentioned earlier, became active for me at an early age. This then stuck with me through high school into my early adult life in college. I was fortunate enough to be a principle dancer in New Works World Traditions Dance Ensemble at Brown University. It was there I learned more about structured choreography and how to create and combine modern dance with traditional African and other ethnic dance movements.

Fast forward to now I have since completed my 200hr yoga teacher certification, created my own home yoga studio and yoga consulting service called Yoga Selah. I have now coupled my love and passion for creative movement with my new found knowledge of yoga and created a wonderful workshop series called “The Art of Tantric Belly Dance”. The great thing about a workshop is that you can get a condensed, yet impactful, experience of connecting the mind, body and spirit through movement. This could be a good option for those who are not yet ready to commit to a weekly class series, but none the less know they need to get some slow motion in their life (lol). Everyone from novices to those with advanced movement experience can engage each other non- judgmentally and meet each other right where they are. I’m glad to announce that I will be hosting the first workshop at JMK Pole Fitness Studios in Pawtucket, RI on Saturday, December 11th. You can find out more info about this event by checking out my blog at www.trurootswellness.blogspot.com,www.yoga-selah.com, or www.jmkennedyentertainment.com.

This Article was written by Sata Jallah our Yoga Specialist. To Learn more you can visit her blog.

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